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Discipline of Denial

Like spoilt children we hold out our hands for those things we desire and cannot have, and the fact that they are denied to us makes us crave the more, Later on we find how little they would have satisfied us, and how lightly we appreciated the good we then…
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The Selfishness of Sorrow

A son is dead. What then? A son is dead. Nothing more? Nothing. But Zeus does not order these things rightly. Why so? Because it is permitted you, While you suffer them, to be happy.—Epictetus We seldom read the resolutions of a Christian society upon the death of a member…
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The One Truth More

There is a common saying current which runs, "If you want to know what a man is ask his wife," and like most homely maxims this saying expresses an obvious truth. It is but to utter a platitude to say that a man’s real character is best known to those…
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Humility

Could the mind of man be seen as a garden, its choicest and rarest flower would be called humility. A careless wanderer there, however, would not readily find it; the more florid blossoms would catch his eye and strike his fancy, but the grave and sincere nature-lover would detect it,…
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The Force of Circumstances

Phrases are freely uttered;—often to obscure the real thoughts; sometimes to avoid direct contact with the subject; occasionally to compress a whole chapter of experience into a few words. Men talk of Public Opinion, and the Force of Circumstances, as though they were abstract ideas far removed from the actual…
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